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Monday, 11.6.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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GAME PREVIEW
Islanders vs. Tampa Bay

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Tonight the Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum before embarking on a five-game road trip -- the longest of the season. A win by the Islanders would put them back in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Jason Blake continues to produce, scoring in his fourth consecutive game on Saturday. Blake is now tied for tenth in the NHL in goals with eight. Blake's six power play goals is fourth best in the league. Alexei Yashin also continued a four-game point-scoring streak where he's compiled two goals and four assists. Yashin leads the team with 17 points.

Tampa Bay comes into tonight's game having lost four of their last five games, including Saturday's contest against Boston by the score of 6-5, in overtime. Two bright spots for the last place Lightning are former Hart Trophy winner, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, who are both sporting an eight-game point-scoring streak. St. Louis has posted nine goals and 14 assists in that stretch while Lecavalier has compiled six goals and nine assists. During the streak, St. Louis scored a hat trick against Carolina on October 26.

Lightning head coach John Tortorella was very outspoken about his goaltending problem last year, but no longer has Sean Burke or John Grahame to worry about between the pipes. Marc Denis formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets has seen most of the time in goal this year, but Johan Holmqvist posted his first career victory in the team's only win in the past five games, a 5-2 defeat of Philadelphia on Thursday.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY.

Check your local listing to locate FSN NY in your area.

GAME NOTES:
STANDINGS: Islanders
- 14 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay - 13 points, 5th place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders Jason Blake, 8 goals; Alexei Yashin, 12 assists and 7 points; Brendan Witt, 32 PIM. Tampa Bay Martin St. Louis, 10; Vincent Lecavalier, 11 assists and 19 points; Cory Sarich, 25 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 19.7 percent. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent. Tampa Bay - Power play: 13.6 percent. Penalty killing: 75.4 percent.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders Rick DiPietro (4-5-0, 3.32 GAA, .888 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Tampa Bay Marc Denis (5-5-1, 2.98, .889); Johan Holmqvist (1-2-0, 2.77, .893).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES: Tampa Bay, 0-3-1.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders 4-2-2 at home; Tampa Bay 3-2-1 on the road.

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


TAMPA BAY
Goaltenders
30 Marc Denis
40 Johan Holmqvist

Defensemen
3   Doug Janik
7   Luke Richardson
21 Cory Sarich
22 Dan Boyle
44 Nolan Pratt
54 Paul Ranger
71 Filip Kuba

Forwards
4   Vincent Lecavalier
9   Eric Perrin
15 Nikita Alexeev
17 Ruslan Fedotenko
19 Brad Richards
20 Vaclav Prospal
24 Andreas Karlsson 
26 Martin St. Louis
27 Tim Taylor
29 Dmitry Afanasenkov
34 Ryan Craig 
74 Nick Tarnasky

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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